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Out of the Shadows: Contributions of Twentieth-Century Women to Physics 1st Edition

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“As this inspiring gallery of heroines makes plain, there's no such thing as female science - just female scientists, including some very great ones. Their achievements span a vast range of mathematics, physics, and astronomy. In Out of the Shadows, experts lucidly explain what they did, and the lives they led. I was mesmerized, and edified.”
Frank Wilcze, Nobel Prize in Physics 2004, Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“This book fills a vacuum in the history of physics. For the first time we have in one place clear accounts of careers and contributions to physics of 40 distinguished women from a variety of fields. In particular, the authors are informed insiders with intimate knowledge of their fields who often provide fresh information about their subjects. Let us hope that this book will inspire physicists to include these women in their lectures and textbooks so that no one will ever again badger women students with taunts like 'What's a nice girl like you doing in Physics 55?'”
Margaret W. Rossite, MacArthur Prize Fellow 1989-1994, Marie Underhill Knoll Professor of the History of Science, Cornell University

“Out of the Shadows gives us fascinating accounts of some of the ground-breaking achievements of women physicists and astronomers, many of whom have never received the recognition they truly deserve. It is a much-needed book. In it, a reader can learn, for example, about how Henrietta Swan Leavitt provided the first method of measuring inter-galactic distances, and how Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, in studies of spectra from stars, discovered that most of the luminous matter in the universe consists of hydrogen and helium. Both of these were advances crucial to the development of astrophysics and modern cosmology. This wonderful book beautifully illustrates that scientific talent has absolutely nothing to do with gender.
Jerome I. Friedma, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1990, Institute Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Out of the Shadows celebrates the achievements of 40 femmes d'esprit,women physicists who worked in the 20th century...The book is filled with unexpected gems."
Karen A. Frenkel, Scientific American

"...is an important contribution to the history of science...Cambridge University Press produced a beautiful 500-page volume...It cannot be read without a sense of regret at what the world lost by not having greater involvement of women in science."
Andrew Millis, Columbia University

"A valuable complement to recent work for students on women in the physical sciences."

"The book's essays, written by various academics from physics and chemistry, highlight the women's accomplishments, provide brief biographies, and suggest further readings."

"...Out of the Shadows is a worthwhile contribution to the overall story of the rise of modern physics."
Adrea K. Dobson, Physics Today

"Women in...male-dominated fields often have made significant contributions. Out of the Shadows presents 40 women physicists who did just that between 1876 and 1976. The stories of these women's lives are fascinating."
Margaret Reilly, Association for Women in Science, Spring 2007

Book Description

An accurate and authoritative 2006 description of the women who made original and important contributions to physics, documenting their major discoveries and putting their work into its historical context. This book is an ideal reference for anyone with an interest in science and social history.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521821975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521821971
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christine E. Nattrass on February 11, 2007
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I am a female graduate student in physics. There are certain issues the field has not dealt with adequately. Learning the stories of our colleagues is essential to understanding the problems which exist still. I recommend this book to current and future physicists because it will help us understand what was wrong and what is wrong with the field.
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